WASHINGTON — For the past three years local magician Daniel Cullen has directed the Maze, a mystery performance that features a unique brand of mentalism not seen in typical magic shows. He also writes, performs for, and sometimes hosts, the show, which is billed as an experience that presents a unique blend of illusion, intuition, psychology, humor, mystery and danger.
With founder and magician Jim Munroe and magician Zak Mirzadeh, Cullen produces about two shows a week on college campuses. Last year during summer break the Maze went to London, Brussels and Berlin. In November, the three men performed on a cruise hosted by Christian radio station KLOVE, and they did three TV spots last year.
But the Maze isn’t just about entertainment. About 1,000 students a week on college campuses across the nation sign up free at their show for Be The Match, a national bone marrow donor registry.
“For the most part, Jim is the main performer of the show and it’s based around his experience with cancer,” Cullen explained. “We work with Be The Match because of that. We’re the number one recruiters for Be the Match.
“Jim is a Christian who shares his testimony throughout the show.”
Munroe also shares his story for I Am Second, an international movement designed to introduce the idea of restructuring life to put God and others first and self second. In his testimony, Munroe explains he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia that would continue to come back after every remission. Doctors wanted to do a bone marrow transplant, but Munroe’s biological sister wasn’t a close enough match.
They checked the 7-million-person bone marrow registry and came up with 16 possible matches; of those, there was one perfect match. A 19-year-old female was brave enough to give him what he needed to live, he said. Munroe first had chemotherapy to kill his cancerous blood cells.